Ginger Mandarin Orange Brown Rice with Cashew Tofu

Ginger Mandarin Orange Brown Rice with Cashew Tofu

Combining juicy mandarin oranges with tofu is a fun way to encourage kids to give the protein-packed squishy white stuff a try. Flavors of ginger and garlic also brighten the dish. This recipe comes to us from our friends at Dole.

Food for Thought: Mandarin is a Chinese language. More than 1 billion people speak Mandarin, making it the most popular language in the world! Mandarin oranges are considered symbols of good fortune and are often given as gifts during Chinese New Year.

Cooking Tip of the Week: Store whole ginger roots in the freezer. It’s actually easier to grate frozen ginger, and you’ll never have to worry about it going bad!

Family Dinner Conversation Starter: If you were invisible where would you go and what would you do?

Kid: Drain mandarin oranges; reserve 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons juice.

Together: Boil water in medium saucepan; stir in rice and 1 teaspoon garlic salt.  Reduce heat; cover.  Simmer 30 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.

Together: Stir in reserved 1/4 cup juice, ginger, honey, 3 mandarin orange segments and dash ground pepper.  Cover; continue heating until liquid is absorbed.

Adult: Remove lid and saute on high 1 minute.  Keep warm.

Adult: Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to small skillet.  Heat to medium-high. Add tofu, 3 tablespoons juice and remaining 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt.  Cover; let heat and steam for a few minutes.  Continue to saute until tofu looks fluffy but not too browned.

Together: Add cashews and continue to cook, until tofu is browned and fluffy, liquid is absorbed and cashews slightly browned.  (Note:  Make sure all liquid is absorbed.)

Kid: Spoon tofu over rice and garnish with remaining mandarin oranges. Season with freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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